Zinc Oxide is a compound made up of a single atom of zinc bound to a single atom of oxygen and is primarily used to supplement for Zinc deficiency. Zinc itself can help maintain skin health; for this reason, this particular combination is often found in sunscreens.
Zinc is useful for a variety of reasons, including maintenance of the digestive, immune and reproductive systems. It also carries out many other important tasks such as cell reproduction, hormonal balance, the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, and the synthesis of proteins.*
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This supplement is traditionally used as a treatment for deficiency. Those that have below-average levels of Zinc will experience negative symptoms such as poor night vision, slower healing after sustaining wounds, a reduction in the senses of both smell and taste and a lack of development in the reproductive organs (if the person is younger or still developing).
Reduction of Zinc levels in children can stunt growth, cause greater receptiveness to infection and disease. There are around 800,000 deaths per year reported where zinc deficiency was either a direct or indirect cause. In fact, Zinc deficiency is credited with being the fifth-highest risk factor in disease development; A quarter of the world’s population may be at risk.
Zinc itself is an antioxidant and can protect healthy cells in the body from sustaining damage due to free radicals. Zinc is also an important component in many different enzymatic reactions that contribute to the regularity of the body’s development. Specifically, collagen and Vitamin A are both dependent upon Zinc for their metabolism. Zinc also affects the ability to taste and smell, the appetite, and the levels of Vitamin E found in the blood. Zinc is commonly used to protect the skin and as an antiseptic.
Serving Size & Timing
It is suggested that this supplement be taken in servings between 32 and 64mg per day. However, due to the high concentration of Zinc present in this product, it should never be consumed in excess of 77mg per day. This product is made up of 78% elemental Zinc. In order for optimal health, it is best to take this supplement along with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Magnesium and Copper.